Eagle’s schematic tool reminds me of using Altera’s Quartus II, NI’s Mutisim – its the same idea with libraries and connecting lines. And of course, NI has a [ layout ] tool too. I wonder if ADI and Ti use that (or OrCAD?) to make their eval boards. Still, hand-wiring nets is too much. There has to be the spice equivalent of just putting a list down for the schematic itself. We’ll get to that next.
What about keyboard shortcuts? Adobe and Gimp have them, but does Eagle do too? Yup, will have to configure [ custom shorts ].
It took me some time to figure out how to move a group of components together. The trick is to select the group first, then left click, and select “Move: Group”!
My take on the tutorial’s “Bare Bones Arduino” layout:
The routing game is a lot of fun, and using a via just seems like a lost points!
By the way, here’s an attempt at using TLC5940’s QFN-32 package, which was not very successful, as not all pins show up on the pin out!
And the layout:
On a print out, this chip looks REALLY small. I am getting worried about the soldering problem…
Besides, Dr Anderson found it interesting that I had such a broad breakout board.